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April 20, 2010

Modern Hermes or How Twitter saved Australian Literature

Filed under: Athena's musings — athenapallas @ 2:20 pm
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Just when I thought I was the only one that mattered another god has manifested  in the modern world. He is an old mate of mine from way back,  but we’ve been out of touch for many centuries.  

There was a time when he was a bit too irritating as the messenger of my father Zeus  to the mortals. This was usually my job particularly if they were gorgeous looking heroes.

Some of you may know this modern messenger,

 William Kostakis, particularly if  you are a tween who twitters.

Modern Athenas now know him because the NSW  Writers Centre had the foresight to include  his  Blogging For Beginners course  in its program. 

Now I’m not one to give praise lightly particularly to members of the not-so-fair sex, but  William is as easy on the eye as Adonis, and he has all the skills of Hermes, also a handsome youth if you forget about his strange winged feet.  

 Hermes was  also the god of writing, wit, and language. So no surprise that William presented a course that was not only entertaining but also full of the relevant information, great ideas and specific tasks.

And he did this in a way that  even the most nervous cyberentrants could grasp without  having to bear a heavy load or take to the wine as if we were in the  temple of Dionysus.

William  is an excellent  messenger, receiving and answering 250 emails from eager class particpants in the week between his two teaching sessions. And he demonstrated his power to us during the course with his open letter to the TV program Sunrise where he gave them heaps on behalf of living Australian writers.

But hey, I don’t have to sing his praises, other people will do it for me.

Follow the links on my site to all the Modern Anthenas who were in his course.

Their blogs are proof of his teaching and mentoring skills.

One more thing about Hermes, he accompanied dead people to the underworld.

Not sure what that means for William.

Maybe he can enlighten us. 

Perhaps making sure that all the dead forms of writing  go to where they belong?


  1. From one modern Athena to another…
    A great review of the course. You could send it to the NSW Writer’s Centre. I wonder which of the dead forms of writing William would be accompanying? 🙂

    Comment by Louise @ ahhserenity — April 20, 2010 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for that. Yes I will be emailing the Director and suggesting he visit the site to read the review.The latest online newsbyte from the Writers Centre is on blogging and is very good.

      Comment by athenapallas — April 20, 2010 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  2. Indeed indeed, it was an excellent course and an excellent review Athena. So Hermes was the god of writing, wit and language … keep educating people on that will you? These days some may credit him with being the god of handbags.

    Comment by beachblogger — April 20, 2010 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

    • Don’t forget scarves beach blooger – isn’t Hermes notorious for them too?? Great review Athena – I’m off surveying this weekend. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for winged feet for you…

      Comment by Lucie Stevens — April 21, 2010 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

  3. PS I love the Modern Athenas and Modern Hermes categories in your blogroll. But you don’t have a ‘subscribe’ button. Or do you? I can’t see one.

    Comment by beachblogger — April 20, 2010 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  4. I found Wiiliam’s course very informative and what I was looking for. It revealed to me the mysteries of blogging. William is very articulate and passionate about his subject. His explanations are clear, and he goes into a lot of detail and trouble to help his students. I’d recommend him to anyone who wants to know about blogging.

    Comment by noelbraun — April 22, 2010 @ 9:58 am | Reply

  5. William did a great job! I was a complete bogging novice, and now I am really flying!
    I hope NSW Writers’ Centre realises what a great workshop it was.
    We have now formed a great little community of bloggers, and continue to learn and encourage each other.
    The thing I am finding is having a commitment to blogging every week (at least)is really helping my writing discipline, and is a great creativity boost.

    Comment by Vintage Green Writer — April 22, 2010 @ 10:06 am | Reply

  6. William was an angel Athena. He was engaging, enthusiastic, entertaining, supportive and knew his subject. He is the kind of teacher that everyone loves and hopes to encounter whenever they enrol in a course. He should be given an outstanding teachers award! Let’s hope the Writers Centre gives him one!

    Comment by safari — April 23, 2010 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

  7. Good on you for taking the time to give William his due recognition Athena. You certainly have your eyes on the ball!

    Comment by safari — April 23, 2010 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  8. I was impressed by william even before I met him. He is the first tutor I have had who introduced himself in an email, a few days before the class, to ask us my experience in blogging! His passion for communication (via writing and blogging) and his wealth of experience made him an able teacher to we beginners. He was very patient when lots of questions were asked, again and again, of work he’d covered. But he laboured until every one understood the concepts before moving on to the next.

    William fielded many questions in the next week, in his own time, to help us on our way, leaving feedback on each of our blog sites! Encouraging and impressiv. this endeared him to us al the more and we all couldn’t wait for the second class. William is a clear communicator, with a wonderful sense of humour and work ethic. I was also impressed that he allowed us to email him for one more day, the Sunday, if we were stuck on our multi-media additions. Some tutors I have had, seem ready to switch right off the moment the clock ticks past their employed time. William gave 110%

    He could readily be used as a tutor for Young Adults writing as well. I’m sure their are many others who would benefit from a 2-day blogging course to bring these skills to their writing portfolio.
    Helen McNab – now a committed blogger!

    Comment by helenmcnab — April 27, 2010 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

  9. Just to prove the power of our newly formed Blogging Community let me tell how I came by all the wonderful photos that are suddenly appearing on my site. One of our bloggers,undoubtedly a Modern Athena, author of Ah Serenity, has a sister Roseann married a Greek man who has taken her back to Greece several times and between them they have collected many wonderful photos some of which will appear on my site. Theo even proposed to Roseann in front of the Acropolis for all the world to see. Roseann assures me that they have more of the Gods and places I am writing about so these will gradually appear. Thank you Athena/ Hermes/ William for your intervention.

    Comment by athenapallas — April 29, 2010 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

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